The country’s most visited tourist attractions are all set to close for good this week.
In an unusual move, the Indian tourism board has announced that its annual exhibition will be the last of its kind in the country, marking the end of the longest running exhibition at the country’s largest national park.
“The annual exhibition, which was a milestone in the history of India, will be closed on Thursday,” Tourism Minister Gopinath Munde said in a statement.
“This is the last time for the national park’s visitors to enjoy the breathtaking scenery and special sights of the country.”
The ministry did not say when the exhibition will end.
The last time the Indian National Park saw an exhibition was in 2000.
Visitors to the national parks are already being advised to book trips before December 31.
India has the largest population of tigers in the world, and has lost over 1,000 tigers since the late 1990s.
Many people believe that the animals are being used for breeding, and a controversial tiger breeding program was banned in India in the 1970s.
The tiger-breeding program was reinstated in 2002 after an outcry from wildlife activists.
The park’s conservation committee has recommended that the breeding program should be reintroduced.
The annual tiger exhibition will mark the end to the longest-running exhibition at Rajagopalan National Park, which is in Maharashtra state.
It is the world’s largest zoo and has been a popular tourist attraction for decades.
Visiting the park will not be possible during the next week, as the exhibition is scheduled to be closed in January.
It will also be the only time the national museum and other attractions will be shut.